Back in the early part of 2017, Geocaching Victoria ran an event at Lerderderg State Park to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of the very first event held in Victoria. The event was held at the exact same spot as the original and we spent some time tracking down the original attendees to see if as many of them as possible could make it to the 15 year anniversary event. However, through this process we also learnt that there was also a trophy awarded on the day, back in 2002, to the top geocacher of Victoria. The trophy was supposed to be a perpetual trophy where it was re-awarded every year to the top geocacher. Except, there never was another event organized and the trophy was almost totally forgotten about.
The trophy was awarded back in 2002 to Ian from Dashing Dog Mac. Whilst Ian isn’t an active geocacher anymore, we were able to track him down through other channels and it turned out that not only would he love to come along to the anniversary event, but importantly, he still had the trophy! The anniversary event was an amazing success with 70 teams making their way out on a cold winter’s day to the Lerderderg Gorge to sit around and talk geocaching and reminisce about the old days. Also, we got chatting to Ian from Dashing Dog Mac and it eventuated that he was happy to hand the trophy over for it to be re-awarded every year as was the original intentions.
So now who to award the trophy too? Geocaching Victoria in September last year decided on a set of measuring tools. These tools were designed to capture three major aspects of geocaching in the placing of geocaches, the finding of geocaches and the participation in the geocaching community. Each category was to be given a set of measuring tools which would award points to the top geocachers in Victoria. It was decided that when all this was done, the top 5 teams overall would be put to the Geocaching Victoria committee for a vote on who should get the award.
So in early 2018 all the relevant reports were run and a group of 5 very prominent geocaching teams immerged. These 5 teams, in no particular order, were put to the Geocaching Victoria committee and the votes were cast and a winner was decided. It was intended that the winner was to be announced at the annual Victorian Cache of the Year Awards a few weeks ago, but in the end we forgot (sorry).
So now we would like to take this opportunity to announce that the winner of the 2017 Victorian Top Geocacher award goes to Clever Monkey. His efforts in placing some spectacular hides, as well as his massive efforts in his community involvement through 2017 saw him easily elevated into one of the top five positions and although the votes from the Victorian Geocaching committee were very very close, Clever Monkey was the eventual winner.
Geocaching Victoria would like to thank Steve for all his efforts that he put into last year, both with the MEGA and also his own personal geocaching ventures. The Victorian geocaching community is a richer and more exciting place because of his efforts. Well done and we will endeavour to get your trophy to you for the rest of this year.